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Intelligence reform keys in on driver's licenses

December 7, 2004
By: Evan Godt
State Capital Bureau

New federal intelligence reform targets the standards for getting a state driver's license. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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The federal legislation to be voted on in Congress would make uniform standards for all state driver's licenses. One of the provisions would restrict illegal immigrants from getting a license.

Jessica Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Revenue, says that regulations are needed because of what the driver's license represents.

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Contents: The driver's license has become much more than just a document that declares an individual is able to drive. It is used to cash checks, to show ID on planes, it has really become as much an identification document as a driver's license.

Legislation will also make a standard for the types of ID needed to board an airplane.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Missouri is ahead of the curve on state driver's license reform. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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New federal legislation to reform U.S. intelligence would make uniform standards for all state driver's licenses. One of the provisions would restrict illegal immigrants from getting a license.

Jessica Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Revenue, says that Missouri, in cooperation with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Adminstration, has already made these restrictions.

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Contents: The Association and some of the agencies across the country have already started without the federal law to try and work on the driver's license product and make it a secure document.

Under Missouri law you may still obtain a driver's license if you are in the country with a student visa, but it will expire when the visa expires.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Governor-elect Matt Blunt announced changes to Missouri's Department of Homeland Security just a day after federal plans to reform U.S. intelligence. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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Federal legislation will further coordinate counterterrorism operations under a director of national intelligence.

Matt Blunt wants to make a similar change here in Missouri by making Missouri's Department of Homeland Security a division of Missouri's Department of Public Safety and have them answer to one director.

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Contents: I think that by really assuring there is a cohesive approach to law enforcement and public safety within state government itself, you'll see benefits for state government making it easier to communicate with local law enforcement.

Blunt says he'll make announcements about the specifics of the change at a later date.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.